The Front Page Summary

  • The Front Page is 3 Hours long, including an intermission of Two 15-Minute Intermissions
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: September 20, 2016
  • Opened October 20, 2016
  • Show Closed: January 29, 2017

The Front Page is a classic comedy about a newspaper reporter and editor who end up hiding an escaped prisoner for the sake of scoring a story. The Front Page has not been seen on Broadway for 30 years. The fast-paced dialogue and relatable setting have allowed the play to stand the test of time. For all of these reasons, this production is not to be missed.

The Front Page on Broadway Background

Written by Chicago reporters turned entertainers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, the play first premiered on Broadway in 1928 starring Osgood Perkins and Lee Tracy, and was declared an immediate hit. It ran for 278 performances, which was an exceedingly long run at the time, and was widely considered one of the best plays of the period. It has since been revived on Broadway four times, with this present revival being the fifth. In 1946, the lead roles were played by Arnold Moss and Lew Parker. In May 1969, Robert Ryan and Bert Convy took up the challenge, and then the duo returned for an additional revival from October 1969 to February 1970. Most recently, Lincoln Center revived the play in 1986, starring John Lithgow and Richard Thomas. It has also been adapted into several films. The 2016 revival is directed by Jack O’Brien (whose extensive directorial credits include It’s Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Hairspray, and The Coast of Utopia), and produced by Scott Rudin (whose other credits this spring season alone include Shuffle Along…, The Crucible, Blackbird, The Humans, and The Book of Mormon).

What’s The Front Page Like?

This show stars an extraordinary cast made up of Nathan Lane (It’s Only a Play, The Producers), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” "Rabbit Hole"), John Goodman (“Roseanne,” Waiting for Godot), Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, I Am My Own Wife), Rosemary Harris (The Road to Mecca, The Royal Family), & Sherie Rene Scott (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Everyday Rapture).

The creative team is one of the most experienced and respected on Broadway, and director Jack O’Brien has collaborated with lead actor Nathan Lane several times in the past, including Lane’s last two Broadway outings: It’s Only a Play & The Nance. Producer Scott Rudin is known for putting together the most splendid pairing of quality material with an incredibly talented cast & creative team. The Front Page is a classic of American theatre that has been delighting audiences for nearly a century.

Is The Front Page Good for Kids?

Yes, this show is best for children over the age of 8. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Broadhurst Theatre

235 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Seats: 1,186
Entrance: 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

Broadhurst Theatre Seating Chart

The Front Page Marquee

The Front Page Marquee

Cast Members

Walter Burns
Nathan Lane
Hildy Johnson
John Slattery
Mr. Pincus
Robert Morse
Jennie
Patricia Conolly
Mollie Malloy
Sherie Rene Scott
Sheriff Hartman
John Goodman
Bensinger
Jefferson Mays

Producers

Scott Rudin

Production Credits

Direction
Jack O'Brien
Scenic Design
Douglas Schmidt
Costume Design
Ann Roth
Lighting Design
Brian MacDevitt
Sound Design
Scott Lehrer
Book
Ben Hecht + Charles MacArthur

Creative Team

General Manager
Joey Parnes Productions LLC
Casting Director
Caparelliotis Casting
Press Agent
Philip Rinaldi Publicity